The purchase of former stately home in the East Midlands has now been completed, with the incoming owner signing off on plans to transform the historic property into one of the region’s top hotels, events and business centres.
The property, which was previously home to an Anglican order of Monks, was first designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott who also designed the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.
Now the building has come under the ownership of Jonathan Pass, after a three year bidding process, and will join Pass’s extensive property and hotel portfolio including Charlotte House Hotel, and Bail House Hotel Lincoln and Nent Hall Hotel Cumbria.
Pass, managing director of Kelham Hall limited, said: “I am delighted to have secured the purchase of the Hall and Grounds which has the potential to be one of the most exciting visitor attractions in the East Midlands, attracting new businesses, visitors and jobs to the area.”
As part of the project, three ‘distinct’ styles of hotel will be created, designed for the Gilbert Scott, Salvin and Thompson wings with work expected to commence next year.
A boutique hotel will be developed within the Gilbert Scott wing, with further investment on the cards for the state rooms to host conferences, private dining and events.
Significant investment in the Great Hall will enable further development of Asian, ethnic and traditional weddings, conferences, proms and balls.
The Salvin courtyard is also being opened up and glazed over and will provide additional space for restaurant dining and private events.
Work has already commenced on the Thompson Wing creating a business centre with fully serviced offices.
There will also be a project carried out in the formal gardens with further landscaping designed to enhance the surroundings. These will be open alongside a calendar of events run by ‘The Kelham Experience Co’, to maximise revenue opportunities.